People who have normal hearing actually hear far more than they perceive.
Where hearing is a function of the ear, auditory processing - listening - is a
function of the brain. Auditory processing describes the way the brain assigns
significance and meaning to the sounds in the environment. Effective auditory
processing involves a relatively high speed of information transfer. It also
requires a good attention span, a well-functioning memory, and sensitivity to
the many subtleties of sound. When parts of this complex system break down or
don't operate efficiently, listening is compromised. All the ensuing problems
are collectively known as Auditory Processing Disorders (APD).
This condition is often present from early childhood, leading to a number of difficulties as the child becomes older and messages become complex and are given more quickly. This may manifest as poor auditory comprehension, delayed language development, poor expressive and receptive language or high distractibility, though many other symptoms are also noticed. Auditory processing problems are a feature of many other disorders, including autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, dyspraxia, Asperger's syndrome, developmental and speech delay, and attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD).
Research has shown that the best way to improve the function of any sensory system is through its stimulation, and the most direct form of stimulating the auditory system is through listening to specially arranged music or sounds, as per the Tomatis Listening Program, coupled with a program of Neuro Developmental Therapy (NDT) where sensory information is simultaneously integrated through sensory-motor activities.
How can I learn more?
Explore this website and the large number of informative links - This website provides extensive information to assist your understanding of Auditory Processing Disorder and its treatment.
Where can I obtain further information on the treatment of APD in Australia?
Contact the Listen And Learn Centre in Melbourne.